Help With Hiring Python Developers

Michael Fuhr mfuhr at
Mon Dec 6 01:08:55 CET 2004

Ian Bicking <ianb at> writes:

> ...that it's easy to learn and maintain means that there's less risk
> in using a highly skilled, highly productive programmer; in other
> languages you risk being left with a program that only another
> highly skilled programmer can maintain.

Indeed.  An acquaintance of mine advocates writing code that only
skilled programmers can maintain (he favors a language that shall
remain nameless but that has been known to resemble modem noise or
cartoon swearing).  His justification isn't that he wants to keep
the work in the good-ol'-boy network (although that might be part
of it), but that by making it difficult for anybody else, you're
ensuring that only good programmers ever work on the code.

Tell that to the poor slob who gets stuck with the job because the
department can't or won't hire anybody else.

Michael Fuhr

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